Alexandre Lacazette's £44m move sets new Arsenal record - 10 Gunners transfer fees over a century

New Gunner: Lacazette.

Arsenal have broken their transfer record by spending what Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says is close to €50 million euros (£44 million) on striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Here’s a look at how the Arsenal transfer record has evolved over the last century.

ARCHIE DEVINE – FEBRUARY 1913, £1,000

Signed from Bradford in a vain bid to avoid relegation in the 1912-13 season, Scotland midfielder Devine scored five goals in 24 games and worked as a miner and dockyard worker after his playing days were over.

DAVID JACK – OCTOBER 1928, £10,890

Figures vary over the exact amount that Arsenal paid for England striker Jack, who would prove a sensation with 124 goals in 208 games.

But it was the first five-digit signing in world football – almost double the previous record – and legend has it that Arsenal boss Herbert Chapman got the Bolton negotiators drunk to bring the fee down.

PETER MARINELLO – JANUARY 1970, £100,000

The Scottish winger was dubbed “the next George Best ” on joining from Hibernian and the 19-year-old scored on his debut at Manchester United.

But he rarely hit those heights again and left for Portsmouth in 1973 after only five goals and 51 games.

MALCOLM MACDONALD – JULY 1976, £333,333

Eclipsing the £220,000 spent on Alan Ball in 1971, Arsenal paid the unusual sum of £333,333.34 on Newcastle striker Macdonald five years later.

‘Supermac’ won the Golden Boot in 1977 and played 14 times for England before a knee injury cut his career short.

CLIVE ALLEN – JUNE 1980, £1.25M

The striker joined from QPR to become Arsenal’s first £1m player.

Featured in three matches during Arsenal’s 1980-81 pre-season, but he did not play a single competitive match for the Gunners before moving to Crystal Palace in a shock swap deal with full-back Kenny Sansom.

DAVID SEAMAN – MAY 1990, £1.3M

Arsenal took nearly a decade to raise the bar again, but when they did it was a world transfer record for a goalkeeper.

Seaman went on to make 325 Premier League appearances and play more in goal for the Gunners than anyone else.

IAN WRIGHT – SEPTEMBER 1991, £2.5M

Arsenal’s first £2m player was a larger than life character signed from Crystal Palace after coming out of non-league.

The England striker broke Cliff Bastin’s club scoring record with 185 goals in 286 appearances before joining West Ham in 1998.

DENNIS BERGKAMP – JUNE 1995, £7.5M

The last time Arsenal broke the British transfer record (it only stood for a few days as Liverpool paid £8.5m for Stan Collymore ), the Gunners got their money’s worth.

The Dutchman’s goals and assists played a central role in the club’s success under Arsene Wenger.


THIERRY HENRY – AUGUST 1999, £11M

Another outstanding piece of transfer business as Henry joined from Juventus.

Became the club’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions before moving on to Barcelona for 24m euros (at the time equivalent to £16m) in 2007.

MESUT OZIL – SEPTEMBER 2013, £38.2M

The signing of Ozil, which had the potential to rise by a further £4.3m in add-ons, from Real Madrid almost tripled the previous £15m record purchase of Andrei Arshavin in 2009.

But the Germany playmaker has divided opinion in his four seasons in north London.

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Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

Here’s a look at five things about the 26-year-old.

LONG COVETED

Lacazette has been monitored by Arsenal’s French scout Gilles Grimandi for 10 years, according to journalist Julien Laurens.

Arsene Wenger has played a waiting game and now decided to go for it.

SQUAD MAN?

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was selected in Les Bleus’ squad for Euro 2016. Lacazette was not. Giroud scored three times in six games en route to the final, where the hosts were beaten 1-0 by Portugal.

Lacazette has now established himself in the squad, but is still seeking a second goal after 11 caps.

LIGUE 1 STREAK

Lacazette has scored more than 20 goals in Ligue 1 for the last four seasons. He is the first French player to do that since Jean-Pierre Papin achieved the feat for Marseille 25 years ago.

That is because French goalscorers are regularly snapped up by Europe’s top clubs in other leagues.

CHAMPION OF EUROPE

He scored four goals in 10 appearances for France Under-19s and was a European age-group champion in 2010.

Lacazette then scored nine times in 12 appearances for Les Bleus’ under-20s.

EMULATING ERIC?

When his thunderous strike secured a draw for Lyon against Roma in a Europa League last-16 first leg, Lacazette celebrated by standing still, with a steely stare.

He insisted it had not been ‘en hommage’ to Cantona, but Gunners fans will hope he can emulate Eric.

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Manchester United are ready to beat Chelsea to the signing of Belgium striker ROMELU LUKAKU from Everton with the Daily Mail reporting they are set to eclipse their world-record £89million deal for Paul Pogba with a £100m swoop.

Lukaku scored 26 goals last season and was expected to return to Stamford Bridge but WAYNE ROONEY could be used as a makeweight in a deal to take him to Old Trafford.

The Guardian reports that Atletico Madrid are ready to make a first formal bid to take DIEGO COSTA back to the Spanish capital from Chelsea.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has made it clear Costa is not in his plans but with no fee yet agreed between the clubs he will be expected back for the start of pre-season on Monday.

If Atletico meet an asking price of around £40m a deal could be completed swiftly.

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Paris St Germain are set to launch a £70million bid to sign Liverpool midfielder PHILIPPE COUTINHO, according to French paper Le10Sport, quoted by the Daily Express.

The Brazilian playmaker was outstanding for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season, scoring 13 goals to help Liverpool secure Champions League football and he signed a new five-year contract in January.

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The Sun reports that Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are on the verge of bringing Danish defender MATHIAS JORGENSEN to the club from FC Copenhagen.

Jorgensen has made seven international appearances for Denmark and is likely to cost the Terriers around £3.5m.

West Ham have emerged as the front-runners to land Burnley striker ANDRE GRAY in a £15m deal, according to the Evening Standard.

The 26-year-old has a year remaining on his contract at Turf Moor but has rejected the offer of a new deal.

The Clarets will risk losing him for nothing next summer if they do not cash in on him and they are unwilling to match his wage demands.

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TROY DEENEY: The Sun reports that Leicester are set to make a move for the Watford striker, who the Hornets will allow to leave for £25m.

JULIAN WEIGL: Manchester United are considering a move for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder as Jose Mourinho continues his search for a holding midfielder.

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